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Inside LaunchStreet with Tamara Ghandour

This human-centered innovation podcast will resonate with those that recognize that being more innovative is their ticket to reaching their full human potential. Tamara removes the traps holding you back and gives you a new framework to unlock your innovation advantage. A combination mindset, tangible tools, insightful deep dives, and research based on Tamara's proprietary Innovation Quotient Edge (IQE) assessment Tamara Ghandour brings a fresh perspective to innovation - one that will help you be a strong innovator and confident leader. As the author of Innovation Is Everybody's Business , founder of the Everyday Innovators Tribe and the creator of the Innovation Quotient Edge assessment, Tamara makes innovation accessible to all of us in this conversational style podcast.
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Dec 29, 2020

Life is really about what we choose to think of as the possibilities for ourselves, and unfortunately, a lot of us are hindered by what we think we can see for ourselves. However, just by changing three things: mindset, belief, and exposure, we can open ourselves up to an ocean of possibilities.

Mindset, belief, and exposure all feed each other and exist in a virtuous cycle with each other. Each one helps to expand and open the other, and together, they drive our ability to unlock the power of innovation within us and the power to reach our human potential. I want to share some things to help you shift your mindset, change your beliefs, and increase your exposure to get you to start seeing beyond your pond.

Mindset: We've all been conditioned to be mediocre and taught the (negative) consequences of being innovative or thinking differently. In order to get into a mindset that serves us and opens up our eyes to the ocean of possibilities, we need to unlearn mediocrity and status quo.

Belief: Our Reticular Activating System is like a brick wall that keeps out anything that doesn’t confirm pre-existing beliefs. This makes it difficult to believe you are capable of something different, unless you start dismantling the brick wall.

Exposure: One of the simplest, most powerful things you can do to change your mindset and beliefs is to increase your exposure. Being exposed to new things, ideas, perspectives, ways of thinking, and truths can help us change our mindset and our beliefs.

By focusing on changing these three things in tandem with each other, you too can unlock your innovation potential.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Everyday Innovators Tribe

 

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Dec 22, 2020

We all know that I am a big fan of using the rules to drive innovation because they force people to think differently about what’s right in front of them. There are so many examples, especially in recent times, where companies have innovated and taken their businesses to the next level by innovating around restrictions, limitations, and constraints.

But how do you really know which are the rules and which are merely conventions, patterns, or habits in your personal life or work that are no longer relevant? How do you differentiate between the rules and things that are masquerading as rules?

These ways of doing things or conventions to achieve certain results may have come about because of something in the past, or they may have worked for other people but not for you. They can exist at a personal level, at a team and company level, and at an industry level, and we need to be aware of them so that we can start questioning them and finding the innovation there. I share five key phrases that you can listen for to identify if something is really a rule, or just pretending to be one.

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Everyday Innovators Tribe

8 Strategies Highly Innovative Leaders Are Using Now to Bring Value to Their Organizations

Ignite Innovation and Influence Others 3-Part Mini-Course

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Progressive Insurance

Chick-Fil-A

Dec 18, 2020

We both know you can't innovate and win alone. You also can't win, especially in complex times, with a team of mediocre players. In this Everyday Innovator spotlight episode I'm going to share how Jeff uses "questionable leadership" to develop a team of high-performing innovators that have the tools and confidence to tackle anything that comes their way. As you will hear in this episode, it all has to do with giving his team the gift of questions. 

Mentioned in this episode:

Innovation Quotient Edge Assessment

Everyday Innovators Tribe

 

Dec 15, 2020

Brainstorms, ideation sessions, strategy meetings (whatever you call them)...Brainstorms can be a powerful tool in your innovation toolbox, if done right. Sadly, most are ineffective and produce subpar results. Most feel like a waste of people'e time. In this episode I'm going to break down why your brainstorms suck and three simple (and a bonus) steps to make them flowing with innovation.

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Dec 11, 2020

With the combination of working from home, days blending together and this weird combo of living in Ground Hog day and warp speed, it's easy to see why most of feel as if the days just slip away from us. 

It's Monday, and before you know it, it's Friday. It's March and before you know it, it's December. Without our usual benchmarks, keeping track of the days can be tough. 

Everyday Innovator, Maureen Berkner Boyt, has a wonderful story about Brie cheese and a great tip for staying grounded when they days blend together. As an Instinctual Risk Taker (her unique Everyday Innovator style) Maureen figured out how to keep her calendar up-to-date in a more innovative way. I think you'll appreciate her simple yet powerful tip. 

Mentioned In This Episode:

Maureen Berkner Boyt

The Moxie Exchange

Everyday Innovator Style (IQE Assessment)

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Dec 8, 2020

We’ve all heard different things being accused of being the enemy of innovation — perfection, consensus, analysis-paralysis, etc. However, one big enemy of innovation that often gets overlooked and forgotten is indifference. We are living in times when there is a lot of indifference in the marketplace and the world. Suboptimal work environments, and uncertain global climate, being overstimulated because of the constant updates from the media all contribute to pushing us toward indifference.

Unfortunately, when people are in the zone of indifference, they are showing up and checking off the boxes, but they are not bringing their best. They are not innovating. Personally, I would rather have a team that is energized, excited, angry, or upset than indifferent — because they have to care enough to feel any of those emotions.

So how can we get our teams out of this state of indifference and push them towards innovation? I share three of my most powerful strategies (plus a bonus!) to move people from indifferent to engaged: 1) Acknowledge their impact, 2) Tap the rewards center of your people, 3) Be the coach, not the manager, Bonus) Don’t solve their problems for them.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation Quotient Edge Assessment

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1813: Business Insights through Music with Roger Nierenberg

 

Dec 1, 2020

It’s one thing to have a great and innovative idea, but it’s a completely different ballgame to be able to communicate it and get buy-in for the idea. Whether you call it persuasion, getting buy-in, or plain old sales, this is something we’re all doing in one way or the other, and we could all do with some tips and tricks to make this process more effective.

Merit Kahn is the Founder of Merit-Based Business, one of the best salespeople I have ever met, and someone I really admire. She has been doing sales, sales management training, and speaking professionally on business development topics since 1998, and has worked with entrepreneurs, and business leaders from a variety of industries. She brings a wealth of expertise to the table about how to persuade and influence others.

What do emotional intelligence (empathy) and assertiveness have to do with sales strategies? Merit explains more about why influencing others starts with understanding the things that have an influence on us. We also dig into having a relationship with reality, and how we can ensure that we’re focusing on addressing our clients’ current challenges. Merit shares more about what emotions have to do with persuasion, why questions are a powerful tool to influence others, and more, in this jam-packed interview.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Merit Kahn, Merit-Based Business

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Merit-Based Business Academy

Virtual Programs, Merit-Based Business

Smarter Sales Show Podcast

Inside LaunchStreet Podcast Episode 1926: “Transforming Obstacles and Uncertainty into a Competitive Advantage and New Opportunities

Nov 24, 2020

Change creates new problems to solve and new opportunities to go after. In fact, the businesses that are surviving and thriving in this pandemic landscape are the ones that have turned the obstacles and uncertainty they have faced into a competitive advantage and new opportunities. Here are two ways you can use this to your advantage.

1) Jump the curve: Every business has a business life cycle curve and it typically moves from start to acceleration to success to decline. 2020 has thrown most of us a curveball and brought our businesses to a sudden cliff. I explain why in order to win in an uncertain marketplace and find the new opportunities that are going to move you forward into 2021 and the future, you need to stop focusing on moving up the curve you're on and jump the curve. How do you do this? Stop focusing on the how or what you do, and innovate off of the benefit you provide.

2) Solve your customers’ new needs: Rapid change and disruption create new problems to solve. Solving them for your customers not only keeps you relevant but also helps you unlock new opportunities. I have some brilliant examples of how businesses have adapted and evolved to solve new problems their customers were having, and an exercise that you can do to bring this strategy to your world.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Business & Innovation Webinar Series (6 Sessions)

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Avid4 Adventure

 

Nov 17, 2020

Is your team disengaging now more than ever? Are they leaving their video turned off on Zoom meetings, or not responding as quickly to emails? Are they exhausted and struggling? Chances are, you’ve answered yes — so the real question is, as a leader, what can you do to get your team engaged, motivated, and collaborating again?

This situation of heightened uncertainty and change has worn on for so long that people are now depleted and spent. Additionally, in an effort to stay connected and overcome isolation, we’re overusing virtual meeting platforms, and now we are experiencing the fatigue and burnout that comes from that. I have one simple tool that really helps teams get out of meeting overwhelm (and a bonus strategy)!

 

The trick to getting out of meeting overwhelm is to only call a meeting for one of four reasons: to decide, to move, to ideate, or to debate. I share some examples of how I have used this strategy with my team to get more time back and get more work done, while also creating clarity during meetings that leads to engagement, motivation, and innovation. As a bonus strategy, I also reveal the 10-minute strategy that helps people get rid of the mental residue of moving from one meeting to the next, and engage better.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Business & Innovation Webinar Series (6 Sessions)

Basecamp

Everyday Innovators Tribe

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Bursts of Innovation

Innovation Jam Session

 

Nov 10, 2020

Stability breeds efficiency and complacency but instability breeds resilience and innovation. The world we're in right now is all about instability, and let’s not kid ourselves that things are going to be different on January 1st, 2021. Yet, after dealing with all the uncertainty, disruption, and new challenges and problems that keep coming up, it’s no surprise that we are all burned out, exhausted, and having a hard time engaging, collaborating, and innovating.

That’s where appreciative inquiry can be a great tool to have in your arsenal. It is a tool that works well, especially when your team is stressed out and burned out, and serves as a way to re-engage your team and dial up engagement, motivation, and innovation. Appreciative inquiry is about starting from a place of positivity and strength to innovate, not from a place of weakness and negativity. By getting ourselves and our teams into a positive mindset and a mindset of what’s working, we elevate our mood, engagement, and motivation, which in turn improves our ability to innovate.

The three stages of appreciative inquiry are: Decide, Discover, Innovate. I share an example of a client I worked with and how they used appreciative inquiry to show how coming from a place of positivity and strengths can really engage, motivate, and allow for more and different innovation with better outcomes.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybody's Business, by Tamara Ghandour

Everyday Innovators Tribe

How to Ignite Innovation, Influence Others, and Lead Strong Mini-Course

Business & Innovation Webinar Series (6 Sessions)

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Bursts of Innovation

Innovation Jam Session

 

Nov 3, 2020

What do I do if my team doesn’t have any ideas? Why is my team lacking ideas? — Sound familiar? We live in a time of incredible opportunity to innovate, but your team just isn’t stepping up to innovate, and are rehashing old ideas or just drawing blanks when called to innovate. What’s happening?

There is immense pressure to innovate right now, in these unprecedented times where everything we know has been wiped clean — giving us an amazing opportunity to innovate, but our teams are failing to come up with the ideas we need to seize the opportunities. However, the hurdle isn’t a lack of ideas. The real obstacle we need to overcome is fear at a primal and subconscious level, which comes from experience-stacking.

I explain the concept of experience stacking and why that is a huge contributing factor to creating fear in your team which creates a mental brick wall of fear and inhibits innovation. I also have three strategies that we as leaders can use to get rid of this brick wall and take advantage of all the great ideas that are hiding in plain sight, in your team and your business.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Innovation is Everybody's Business, by Tamara Ghandour

How to Ignite Innovation, Influence Others, and Lead Strong Mini-Course

Tony Robbins

 

Oct 27, 2020

We can all agree that we are living in very uncertain times. Uncertainty is one of those things that has always been around, but it has been amplified in a big way right now. We don’t know where things are headed, or what’s coming next, and everything just feels uncertain. However, instead of complaining about the uncertainty, if we start thinking about uncertainty as opportunity in disguise, we can set ourselves up for greater growth, success, and impact than ever before.

Once certainty is removed from the picture, we try to add certainty where we can, but this holds us back and keeps us from moving forward. What we need to do is to start finding new ways forward, and learn to take advantage of the situation in different ways. Instead of worrying about bringing certainty into things, start thinking about where the opportunities lie. I share some of the traps to avoid and three things that will help you see that uncertainty is really just opportunity in disguise. The thing is, you can’t prepare for uncertainty — but you can prepare for the ability to adapt and pivot, to find the opportunities in uncertainty.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

 

Oct 20, 2020

We often talk about change at the grand scale of change, but equally if not more important, is change at the personal level. We’ve all encountered this in our teams and organizations — people are resistant to change and the struggle to get them on board for change. The key to unlocking this lies in recognizing that people don’t fear change, they fear being changed. If we can take the “being” out of it, we can get them on board with change.

 

I share the four main reasons why people resist change:

  1. Because it’s happening to us and we’re not in control

  2. Because we fear the unknown — not knowing what to do, being left behind, uncertainty, getting it wrong

  3. Because our lizard brain sees change as unsafe and risky

  4. Because we are afraid of changing who we are fundamentally as a person

 

Understanding these four reasons for fearing change can help us address these fears and get people on board with three simple strategies — giving control back to the people around you, investing in them, and acknowledging all effort. Really, at the end of the day, it’s about empowering people to tackle the change.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

How to Ignite Innovation, Influence Others and Lead Strong in Challenging Times Webinar on Oct 22

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

 

Oct 13, 2020

Many people have approached me expressing frustration in this time — with themselves, and their teams. They feel stuck and unable to unlock new paths of innovation, but the problem is we tend to fall into the trap of asking one question in one way, but expecting a plethora of different types of answers. The trick to overcoming this is to ask different questions to get to new innovations and solutions, but what questions do we ask? How can we ask better and different questions to lead us to new channels of thinking and innovative solutions?

A very simple yet effective exercise to help us ask different questions is something I call “Word Games.” Start by articulating the problem you’re trying to solve in a simple way. Then, change one key word in the problem or question you’re trying to solve. That’s it. By changing keywords in the question or problem, we can shift our patterns of thinking and approach the problem differently. This is not about finding the one right question that's going to be the end-all, be-all, and then using that question. It’s about asking the question in multiple ways because different questions get to different lanes of thinking and different ideas. I share more about how this works in practice with some examples, and how this can help to unlock innovation not just for yourself, but also in your team.

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

How to Ignite Innovation, Influence Others and Lead Strong in Challenging Times Webinar on Oct 22

Innovation is Everybodys Business, by Tamara Ghandour

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Mad Libs

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

 

Oct 6, 2020

With all my work in the area of innovation, I’ve had the realization that innovation can be energizing, but at the same time, exhausting. Being exhausted and being energized by innovation are just two sides of the same coin — we just need to know how to manage and minimize the exhaustion that comes with innovation, and how to tap into what energizes us about it.

Innovation is an incredibly positive thing that helps us solve sticky challenges and unearth opportunities that are hiding in plain sight. However, whether it’s learning a new skill, taking risks, or operating under more pressure, it is exhausting and requires more mental energy, which can take a toll on us and drain us. The key here is giving ourselves grace to manage the exhaustion that comes with dealing with sustained stress and blazing new trails. I share some of my top strategies for tackling the exhaustion, as well as why it’s okay to take a nap in the middle of the day.

On the energizing side of innovation, I’m sure we can all relate to how satisfied and motivated we feel when we solve a sticky challenge or go in the pursuit of blazing new paths. That’s why it’s crucial that we spend more time intentionally innovating to get that feel-good energy and satisfaction. At the end of the day, it is completely normal and natural to be energized AND exhausted by innovation — giving ourselves permission to rest and recharge, while engaging in intentional innovation is what will get us to the top.

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Free Innovation Workshop

3-part Innovation Mini-course: How To Ignite Innovation, Influence Others and Add Massive Value

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

 

Sep 29, 2020

I’ve been getting some questions from people in the Free Innovation Workshop about the Everyday Innovators Tribe membership program, designed to unlock your innovation potential, create massive impact, and help you lead strong in your team or organization. I wanted to tackle these questions and give you some insights about what the program is all about, and how you stand to benefit from it.

 

I dig into these five questions:

  1. I’m not on FB much. Will I get value if I’m not on it?

  2. How do I buy for my team?

  3. Does my team member need to be a certain level (e.g. leadership level) to join the Everyday Innovators Tribe?

  4. If I feel totally lacking in innovation or creativity — will the Everyday Innovators Tribe help me change that?

  5. Why is the price so low given how much you get? I'm suspicious — do I have to buy in every time I do a jam session or a Q&A?

 

Such great questions, and I think you’ll be surprised by some of my answers!

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Free Innovation Workshop

Email the Everyday Innovators Team

Sep 22, 2020

2020 has been a year like no other, and we only have just over a quarter of the year left. So much that is happening is out of our control — the pandemic, the economy, working from home, the elections — but despite everything that has happened so far, we can still finish the year strong. What’s more, we can start 2021 strong. What we need to do is to focus on our own abilities to innovate, influence, and make an impact.

To help you do that, I’ve launched the Everyday Innovator’s Tribe and a free innovation workshop to help you become a better leader and innovator by giving you the tools to apply innovation to your world.

I want to share seven key things participants are saying about the workshop, the content in there, and about being a part of the Everyday Innovators Tribe, including how people feel empowered to take action with the real-world tactics and exercises I share, how they are influencing others and getting noticed, and how they are now able to pivot fast and effectively to see and take advantage of new opportunities.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Free Innovation Workshop

Sep 15, 2020

Would you like to know what the future holds? You already have the answers within your organization — you just have to know where to look, and how to listen. Geoff Thatcher explains how we can all get into the CEO’s Time Machine to start innovating the future.

Geoff Thatcher is Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Creative Principals, and an experienced designer. Since the age of 14, he has worked at theme parks, museums, and visitors centers and focuses on experiences. When the pandemic hit, Geoff’s main business had to hit pause, but he took the opportunity to bring to life a book he had been sitting on for some time — The CEO’s Time Machine.

The only way to invent the future is to go there and then look back. To Geoff, it's a matter of perspective. He explains his approach to helping people shift their perspective from the anchors that are holding them in today, to something in the future, and why it’s so important to hear others and be heard. Geoff shares why he believes we need to listen to young people and avoid shutting them down, how to set expectations in innovation, and why the future is truly only limited by our perspective, our imagination, and our creativity.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Geoff Thatcher

The CEOs Time Machine, by Geoff Thatcher

Inside Launchstreet Podcast Episode: “The Power of Zoning In on Your Customers and Front Lines Advice

When Women Don't Speak,” Research conducted in BYU Accounting Program

Burst of Innovation How to Get Legacy Thinkers On Board With Change

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Sep 8, 2020

How can you become a better leader and innovator? The three keys to your success are in focusing on innovation, influence, and impact. By focusing on bringing these three things to life, you can ensure that you will go further, faster.

Innovation is all about thinking differently about what’s right in front of you to create an advantage. It’s something we talk about very often on LaunchStreet, and I share some of my strategies to unlock your innovation.

Innovative ideas are nothing if you do not get buy-in from others to execute and implement these ideas. That’s where influence comes in. It’s really all about communicating ideas and including them in the process of innovation and igniting innovation in those around you.

The last key is Impact, which is the value you create. By being an indispensable member of your team, and being the person whose ripple effect can be felt across your world, you can unlock your own success.

I share more about these three keys to your success as well as some real-life examples from our tribe, so be sure to tune in.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

4-Part Innovation Workshop

Everyday Innovator Style

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

 

Sep 1, 2020

In an effort to drive innovation and create accountability for innovation, many companies have established a dedicated innovation team that is solely responsible for innovation. The unintended consequence of that is that everybody else in the team or organization gets the message that they're not innovative and their ideas don't matter. The unintended consequences of siloing innovation are not only that people become discouraged and disengaged, but we’re also leaving a lot of human potential on the table. In addition to that, when it comes to implementation, it can be a challenge to get buy-in from people who have had no say in the innovation process.

How can we avoid the negative consequences of siloing innovation while still having accountability? As leaders, we need to be moving away from being the “doers” of innovation and become “enablers” of innovation. We need to create jobs that allow space for innovation and give our team members the resources and tools to innovate. I also share a little about how an innovation feedback loop can help, and how we can create this shift away from innovation occurring in silos.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour on Facebook

4-Part Innovation Workshop

Everyday Innovator Style

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

 

Aug 25, 2020

One of the fields that drive innovation, customer experience, and new ways of thinking is the sports world. As an industry that is always looking to outdo the previous year’s “performance,” the sports industry gives rise to a lot of innovation that can be applied to other industries. To share some insights about this, Fielding Jamieson, Strategy Director at Global Sport Venture Studio (GSVS), an initiative that's looking to bring together the world's leading sports organizations to collaborate with each other and engage with startups in the overall sports innovation ecosystem, joins me on the podcast.

 

So where do sports and innovation intersect? We kick off the conversation by discussing how the sports industry is reacting to the current issues around race and the Black Lives Matter movement, and its impact on culture. Fielding highlights how sports teaches you to take ownership and own up to your mistakes, and why this is so important to be adaptive to changes on the ground. She also shares more about the balance between encouraging people to try new things and keeping the nostalgia of the past, the investment of time and resources into innovation in sports, and how brands are keeping up with changing customer needs.

 

Fielding’s insights about brand loyalty, how to keep the customer relationship going through this pandemic, and what we need to do to make the customer experience special are sure to be applicable to your industry as well. We also discuss resistors to innovators in the sports industry, why startups are so important, and why we need to be thinking about opening people’s minds, rather than changing them.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Fielding Jamieson on LinkedIn

Global Sport Venture Studio

R/GA Ventures

Lindsey Vonn Documentary

Snacks.com

Spartan

Crossfit

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

 

Aug 18, 2020

We all think about creativity and innovation differently, and we often use them interchangeably without even thinking about it. Unfortunately, not having a clear definition makes being innovative feel out of reach for everyday people, creates misunderstandings around expectations and outcomes, and makes it difficult to communicate and collaborate.

I want to clear up the confusion between creativity and innovation, and about innovation itself. This definition of innovation will change the game for you and empower you to be the innovator that you’re meant to be and ignite innovation in your team. So, the way I distinguish creativity and innovation is to think about creativity as the pursuit of artistic endeavors, while innovation is thinking differently about what's right in front of you to create an advantage. I explain why this definition works and how it can be applied to your own workplace, as well as how this definition takes away that "out-of-the-box" fear that most of us have.

I'm also releasing a special 4-Part Innovation Workshop in September where I cover:

1) How to be a confident innovator (how to overcome internal resistors to change)

2) The language of innovation (how to get buy-in for your ideas)

3) The culture of innovation (how to ignite innovation in your team)

4) Bonus!

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

4-Part Innovation Workshop

 

Aug 11, 2020

Each and every one of us is different. We have different perspectives, different styles of innovation, and different approaches to tackling problems. Yet, it is often the case that these differences are a cause of friction because we are so focused on being harmonious and avoiding conflict. We fail to leverage and get value out of the differences that each of us brings to the table.

When we don’t take the time to understand this friction that exists and our unique perspectives, it can bog us down. When we understand that each of us brings our own unique style of thinking, we can turn that into our competitive advantage to elevate our solutions and strengthen innovation.

I share more about the Everyday Innovator Style — a combination of nine different ways of innovating that are different for each of us. Through some examples from my own experiences, I explain what happens when we do not understand how each of us innovates — we have a hard time valuing that type of innovation. I also have some examples of how you can bring more innovation to your team and organization, just by understanding and working with everyone’s differences.

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

IQE Assessment

Eight Strategies Download

Everyday Innovators Tribe Waitlist

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Aug 4, 2020

Are you struggling with time management? Do you feel like you never have enough time to cross off all the things on your ‘to-do’ list, and start being innovative? Trust me, you’re not alone, and I have some tips for you to start managing your time better.

Time management is internally driven. Particularly when it feels like others are sucking our time, the responsibility lies on us to manage our own time to make things easier and less stressful by allowing more time and mental space back into our day. That’s where priority management comes in.

We may think that categorizing tasks into marketing, strategy, finances, etc. can help, but it doesn't necessarily move us forward — and it didn’t help me get things done. We often mistake checking things off a list with real productivity that moves things forward, but what we need to be doing is prioritizing tasks that really make an impact. When I realized that time management is really about priority management, my world changed. Ask yourself: What's the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

When you ask yourself that question every day, you’ll be on your way to managing your time so much better.

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Leadership and Innovation Community with Tamara Ghandour Facebook Group

Innovation is Everybodys Business, by Tamara Ghandour

Everyday Innovator's Tribe

The One Thing, by Gary Keller

 

Jul 28, 2020

A question I often get is, “How do I know when I should collaborate and when I shouldn’t?” In our current work-from-home situations, a lot of us may be suffering from collaboration fatigue from being on virtual meetings all the time, which makes us feel like we’re “collaborating” all day long without seeing any real benefit of these meetings. That’s why it is important for us to consider not just when, but how we should be collaborating.

 

The thing is, we tend to confuse meetings with actual collaboration. However, we need to be thinking about when collaboration is appropriate and how we want to do it. I share an experience I had from working in corporate, and how my team came up with the four reasons we would use to drive our collaboration — to brainstorm, to build, to debate, and to decide. I explain why these four reasons are the keys to knowing when and how we should collaborate in our teams to drive innovative solutions, to problem solve, and to create better outcomes for the team and the organization.

 

If you are ready to:

  • get buy-in from key decision-makers on your next big idea

  • be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

  • foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities…

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

8 Strategies Highly Innovative Business Leaders Are Using Now to Bring Value to Their Organizations

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